Woodman's Pal Classic Wood Handle Machete, Model 481, Made in USA

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The Woodman's Pal Classic Wood Handle Machete is proudly handcrafted in America, where at least it knows it's free. Its unique blade suits a variety of functions: pruning, chopping wood, clearing brush, and cutting down small trees. The smooth finished wood handle supports a comfortable, dynamic grip; plus, its classic look will bring a touch of masculine elegance to any tool shed. Without a doubt, if the universe were just, this machete would have been George Washington's weapon of choice in his personal war against cherry trees.


•Weight: 23 oz.

Blade Length 18 inches
Blade Edge Plain
Point Hawkbill
Handle Material Wood
Total Length 17 inches
Blade Color Black
Knife Type Fixed Blade
Handle Color Brown/Tan
Country of Origin USA
Machete Type Weighted
Model Number: 481
Catalog Number: 39674
Average Rating:
By Freddie J. from Pearl MS
December 21, 2012

Purchased for a Christmas present, but have owned one for years, would not be without one as a forester who spends much time as possible.

By Joe N. from Derry, PA
April 11, 2012

This was a Christmas gift for my dad, and he was overjoyed with it. The Woodsman's Pal is of the highest quality, from its impressive heft and balance, to the leather sheath. It simply couldn't have been any better.

By Bill L. from Bertram,TX
January 20, 2010

I have been looking for this machete for years. It is perfect for clearing out those low branches that hinder your walking through your woods. Sure glad that I purchased mine. I will not ever be without one.

By Mark C. from Scranton, PA
March 30, 2009

I love it! It is made in America! It is classic, I have always wanted one and now I see why they are so handy. It is a good American made tool!

By Victor M. from Asheville, NC
March 1, 2009

This is a fun tool for managing my kindling. I can't wait to take it into the woods.

By Mike M. from Lubbock, TX
January 16, 2009

For 10 years I have used my Pal to cut down everything from cactus to 10" mesquite trees. It is AMAZING and I definitely do not go outdoors without it. Even a little bit dull it works better than any axe I have ever owned for quick trims and pesky rattlesnakes. I'm giving 3 as gifts.

By Isaac L. from Fairborn, OH
January 7, 2009

It is top quality! The WP is very well balanced and it comes with an edge. You get what you pay for!

By Cindy A. from Stone Bluff, OK
January 7, 2009

I gave this to my husband for his birthday, and he was blown away. He'd never seen one before. He actually took it straight outside to try it, as soon as he opened it. He has used it several times in the month that he has had it, and it performs very well. I feel like a really good gift-finder this year! He says the thing he likes best about it, is that it is very versatile. It's great for any job you'd use a machete for, except it's more balanced, and you don't tire as easily. We're both really glad I found it for him.

By Brian S. from Ventura , CA
April 12, 2008

This is a great tool! It is nice to see a product that is made in the USA and lives up to the advertisement claims.

By Joe N. from Auburn, MS
September 10, 2007

This is a great product! The web site was easy to use and shipping was quick and accurate.

By Richard T. from Winter Park, FL
June 3, 2007

The Woodman's Pal Classic is a marvelous tool, a thoughtful design and well made. I particularly like the weight and balance; far superior to the traditional hatchet. It is also superior to a traditional small scythe. Combining the two makes for an unusually versatile tool.

By Dennis . from Solon, IO
December 12, 2006

This Tool is very versatile and we use it for clearing brush. When we go deer hunting we use it as a tool to help field dress a deer. I recommend it highly!

By Chuck K. from Berwick, PA
March 29, 2011

Yes it holds a good strong cutting edge on both the blade and hook. What I do not like is the fact that it slips out of my hand when attempting to cut brier bushes. I planned on putting good old tire tape on the handle, but tried to cut grooves in the handle, which helps a little. I also replaced the chord with rope that acts as something to help pull the hook/blade and does not get caught up in thorns from briers. Is it the best cutting tool for the money? Perhaps, I was just surprised that you have been making them right here in PA for so long and have not addressed these two problems. thanks

By Fred B. from Lynchburg, VA
August 3, 2010

Good balance in handling, but not very sharp with cutting branches. The angle of cut needs to be less blunt with a sharper angle. A leather sling would secure swing in cutting also. Overall this is a well made knife.

By Rich A. from Colebrook , PA
February 27, 2010

Works great on stuff up to 2" in diameter, usually 2 - 3 wacks will take care of stuff up to that size. A little difficult to use on small green brush,you must hold the brush and then cut it. Overall a good rugged tool.

By John C. from Shamon, NJ
December 16, 2009

I love it. It is a good chopper, a little awkward to get out of the sheath but for the most part and great tool for my kit.

By Patricia T. from Santa Fe, TX
October 25, 2009

This machete is very well made and heavy enough to do real work. The vine cutting hook is nice too, especially if there are thorns. I would have given it 5 stars, but I had to sharpen it more before it would cut well.

By Gary H. from Oxford, OH
February 2, 2009

The Woodmans' Pal appears and feels like a quality product. I have not yet had the opportunity to use it so I cannot render an opinion about it's application in the woods!

By David T. from King George, VA
February 10, 2008

A quality product from a great online store. Fast shipping even during the holidays. The only drawback to the Woodsman's Pal is the wood handle get slick after a few minutes of use but that is fixed with a good pair of gloves.

By Michael M. from Vancouver, Canada
February 28, 2007

I like it except the wooden handle has a smooth grip which may be an issue if your hand is damp or sweaty.

By Scott M. from Rockland, ME
June 13, 2010

Overall it is a very good product, however after some use the pins holding the wooden handle in place came loose so that the blade "flops" around a bit in the handle.

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The Woodman's Pal machete is designed to trim, prune, chop, split, blaze trails, brush out lines, clear campsites, chop firewood, split kindling, build hunting blinds or lean-to-shelters. The multipurpose Woodman's Pal machete can efficiently perform the tasks of many tools including machetes, axes, hatchets, pruning saws, pruning shears, pruning knives, bow saws, loppers, Bowie knives and for certain jobs, even chain saws.

Woodman's Pal machetes are handcrafted in Pennsylvania with all American made raw materials. Unsurpassed quality since 1941.

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An American Icon since 1941

Back in 1941, in Pennsylvania, artist and engineer Frederick

Ehrsam of Victor Tool Company saw a need for a single, welldesigned

tool that could clear brush and blaze trails as well as

a machete, and thin, trim, chop and prune. The tool he designed

was the Woodman's Pal. Professionals in forestry, agriculture

and horticulture quickly recognized it as an historic achievement.

The U.S. Military prized the Woodman's Pal as well. Designated

the "LC-14-B", the Woodman's Pal was standard issue from the

early part of WWII through Desert Storm.

Today, the Woodman's Pal continues to be hand-crafted right here

in Pennsylvania, with only the finest American-made raw materials.

And this tool is still praised by forest and land managers, surveyors,

campers, hikers, hunters, soldiers, handymen, scouts, fishermen,

gardeners, and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere.

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